Doc Severinsen

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Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen (born July 7, 1927 in Arlington / Oregon ) is an American jazz and pop trumpeter and band leader.

Severinsen won the Music Educators National Contest at the age of twelve . While he was still in high school, he became a member of the Ted Fiorito Orchestra . From 1945 to 1952 he played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey , Benny Goodman , Noro Morales and Charlie Barnet . From 1949 he worked for the National Broadcasting Company . He joined Skitch Henderson's band on The Tonight Show in 1962 under Steve Allen .

He became famous as the leader of the band on the Tonight Show from 1967 to 1992 under Johnny Carson . His band included drummer Ed Shaughnessy , pianist Ross Tompkins , saxophonist Ernie Watts and trumpeter Snooky Young . He also performed with these musicians outside of the Tonight Show as Doc Severinsen and His Big Band and worked with bands such as the Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Band , the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra . His albums, made in the 1960s, are considered exquisite contributions to the pop music of those years. He played a total of more than thirty albums and in 1987 won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Big Band.

After his time at NBC, he continued to appear as a band leader. He also conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's first Pops Concert , the Minnesota Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony . Since 2001 he has been a distinguished visiting professor of music and holder of the Katherine K. Herberger Heritage Chair for Visiting Artists at the School of Music at Arizona State University .

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